What are the guidelines for declaring for the NFL Draft?


It appears that you don't have to declare your intentions to enter the draft. There are certain stipulations in regards to eligibility, though. For example, you can be drafted when you graduate high-school, but if you enter a four-year college, you won't be eligible until your junior year (or any year if you attend a two-year university or are 21+)(1). Manziel was a redshirt-sophomore, meaning that he would have been a junior, academically, and therefore was eligible for the draft.

As to what the rational would be for drafting players that are more than likely not to sign: It's probably for publicity as no 837th pick has every played in an MLB game. The Padres GM was quoted as saying, "It was kind of, 'Why...

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